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Lawsuit Threat Halts Fed’s Beaver Killing 
The USDA’s Wildlife Services has suspended a program, said to kill “beavers, river otters, muskrats and minks in Oregon”, in response to a notice of intent to sue, by environmental organizations. The Oregonian has the details: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2018/01/federal_government_suspends_be.html#incart_river_index

Coral Reefs Under Plastic Assault 
Along with ocean acidification and warming waters, it has now been shown that coral reefs are besieged by plastics, as well. Studying reefs around the world, researchers found that the increased presence of plastic debris greatly increased the rates of disease in reefs. Science magazine provides coverage: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6374/460.full

Ocean Life Suffocating from Oxygen Depletion 
Worldwide, marine ecosystems are being decimated by low oxygen levels, killing organisms both large and small. The depletion is being caused by warmer temperatures, which reduce dissolved oxygen, meanwhile increasing metabolic rates, and oxygen demand, by sea creatures. It’s a global warming double-whammy that threatens entire marine ecosystems. The Smithsonian reports: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-our-oceans-are-starting-suffocate-180967746/

Recycling Piling Up in US as China Turns It Away 
If you missed the news, China started rejecting a number of recycling waste products from the US at the start of the year. The Statesman looks at what that means, locally: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/tech/science/environment/2018/01/16/paper-plastic-piling-up-across-oregon-china-refuses-take-u-s-recycling/929270001/